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STREET SHEET ISSUE2 (MULTI-PAGE)

STREET SHEET ISSUE2 (MULTI-PAGE)

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ACT UP Philadelphia's Street Sheet, August 10, 1992
ACT UP Philadelphia's Street Sheet, August 10, 1992

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August 10,1992
AIDS
Politics-The
Politics
of
AIDS
Salvaging The
VIII
internationalAIDS Conference
From the perspective of "thinkingglobally and actinglocally,"the VIIIInternational Conference
on AIDS /
HI
STD
World Congress
was
quite an eye-opener. The structure of the Conference was fairly comprehensive. Therewere four
tracks,
labeled Basic Science,Clinical Science and Care, Epidemiology and Social Impact and Response. Lunch timePoster Discussions were held along with evening
Minicourses
and Satellite Meetings. Additionally,there were "Global Meetings," which resembledopen plenaries, held on two evenings of theConference. Sandwiched in wherever possiblewere all manner of press conferences, drugcompany receptions, and other interest groupmeetings. ACT UP sponsored many of thesesmaller meetings, not to mention daily,
some-
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CONTENTS
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12
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leisure & lifestyle 13ACT UP Philadelphia's People ol Wot Caucus MMidnip Coircoy Project Reaches Out to Mate
Sex
tndustiy Workers
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MRata Ferrawts
 to
Yow Face 16The Freedom of Choice
Act—
16ACT UP Schedule C4 Evens
_
18
Issue Number
2
ACTUP/lntematioiial frequently disruptedtheConferencetobringattention to discrimination against HIV-positive people andpharmaceutical company profiteering.(Photograph by Kiyoshi Kuromiya)
International AIDSConference Slams U.S.
Hundreds of AIDS activists marched throughthe streets of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, atthe opening of the Eighth International AIDS
Conference
 July
19.
They denounced repressiveimmigration and travel restrictions in the U.S.Demonstrators carried 40 coffins, each inscribed with the names of people
who
have diedof AIDS and with information about countriesthat have immigration and travel restrictionsagainst people with HIV and AIDS. Chanting"Open all borders!" protesters passed by theconsulates of several of these countries.Most of the anger was directed toward the
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'AIDS Politics-The Politics of AIDS,' continued from page 1
times hourly actions and
zaps.
Imagine all of theabove crunched into a four day period in "sincity," Amsterdam.Researchers, doctors, activists, health and service providers, PWA's, PHIV's, funders, drugcompany lackeys, Elizabeth Taylor, and the Presswere there in droves. It all added up to five daysof sheer madness. In
retrospect,
it seems thatmany people at the conference were looking for"the answer," when maybe all we should or reallycould have gained from it were a few more clues."Great expectations, great disappoin tments," as afriend once said.It's interesting how so many of the news reportsthat came out of this conference were about the"old news" being discussed and how there were"no new substantive breakthroughs." What didpeople
expect
when the role
ofHIV-1 andHIV-2
as the sole causes of
AIDS
was
thrown in doubt byone of the biggest stories of the Conference? It
was
revealed that there are about 30 documentedcases
of amysteriousnon-HIV
immunodeficiencydisease!The most disturbing thing about the VIII International
AIDS
Conference
was
the domination ofAmerican and, to some extent, European agen
das.
If we consider
that
more than 8.5 million ofthe 10 million people infected with HIV globallyare from Africa, Asia, and South America (6.5million,
1
million
+,
and
1
million
+,
respectively),we must wonder why more than half of those atthe conference were from North America andWestern Europe. Just how international was thisconference? Not enough!
Why
was
the conference so dominated by peoplefrom the Northern and Western hemispheres?Economics
is
the
answer!
We have the money andthey don't! We have the largest research facilities,the drug companies, the overall medical infrastructure and vast resources that flow disproportionately in our direction. You've
gotta
pay to play"International" AIDS Conference!How are health providers from Africa going toutilize various treatment protocols when arela-
cont'mued on page 4
EDITORIAL POLICY
The working
group that produces each issue of this newsletterreserves
sole
discretion in accepting or rejecting any articles,photographs,
artwork,
or advertising that we receive as submissions.So, if you like this newsletter, join
us;
if you hate
it,
join usto make it better. If you don't care, fine.You can contact the ACT UP Newsletter working group bycoming to an ACT
UP/Philadelphia
general
meeting
or bycalling (215)
7S1-1844
and leaving a message on extension 8.
ACT
UP
AIDS
HI
COALITION
TO
UNLEASH
POWER!
Amsterdam Rumorz
or
A Tall
Faerie Tale
Once
upon a time,
there
was an
Eighth InternationalAIDS
Conference
and
many Queers were
there.
One
of theFabulous
Fountain Gang was
waltzing Mathilde
and
schmoozing Liz about his constituency......yeah,right. A pansexual, using a press pass bearing thename of the cute and
sexy
cub reporter back
home
was
seen climbing
the
gate of the American Embassywith a coffin balanced on his head.
Our
Most LovelyDrag Queen was honored by. the Mayor of Amsterdam with the dual tides of Archbishop and Duchess.During the ceremony, many were
reminiscing
aboutthe live sex shows with audience participation.Counterfeit passes to all the events were beingmanufactured and distributed by that FamousCommunications Terrorist. The Luscious YoungLezzies took in tulip nurseries and girl bars. TheOutreach Workers
Were
seen taking a romanticcruise up the canals, though one of them had recently had a bad experience with a raisin. Thesecond of the
Fabulous
Fountain Gang was hardlyever seen. Some speculated that he
was
taking in theplazas, canals, and men's rooms.Partying
'til late...rising
early...NOT! And a goodtime was had by all.
submitted
by
Lady
Loose
Labiae
 
'InternationalAIDS Conference Slams
U.S..'continuedhorn
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United States.
Tomas
Fabregas, a Spaniard whoemigrated to the U.S. in 1978, addressed theprotesters. Since
U.S.
immigration
laws
prohibitpeople
with HTV
from entering the country, the
govemmentmaypreventhim from
returning toSan Francisco after the conference."I have lived in the U.S. all my adult life,"Fabregas said.
"I
contracted HIV there. I paytaxes and have a lover there. I demand the rightto stay."Fabregas said most immigrants with HIV areafraid of deportation and thus do not seektesting and treatment. He said
HTV-based
restrictions on immigration and travel
"drive
vastnumbers of people underground, make themunreachable by education or medical support,and thereby foster the spread of HTV."
Scientists, activists share views
The AIDS conference was originally scheduled to
be held
in Boston under the sponsorshipof Harvard University. However, at last year'sconference in Florence, Italy, protests about
U.S.
immigration policy forced organizers tomove this year's conference to another country.For the past twoyears,the International AIDSConference has passed declarations opposingthe
U.S.
immigration ban and travel restrictionsagainst people with HTV. And ever since AIDSactivists took the stage at the opening ceremonyof the
1989
conference in Montreal, organizershave included activists in the meeting program.The inclusion is often an appendage to theconference more than an integral part of it. Atthe request of
ACT
UP,
this
year the conferenceheld its first global meeting for scientists, activ
ists,
health-care
workers, policy makers, andpeople with
AIDS
to exchange ideas.About 1,000 people attended this meeting onJuly 19, including scientists from Africa, LatinAmerica and Asia. Both
Dr.
Maria Eugenia Fer-nandes of Brazil and Dr. Ruth Nduati of Kenyalinked the burgeoning epidemic in their countries to the effects of neocolonialism.Fernandes, of Sao Paolo's state health department, said Brazil's inability to adequately address the AIDS crisis is "deeply linked to ourcountry's existing economic crisis."She pointedout that the government must pay billions ofdollars a year on International Monetary Fundloans, leaving Brazil without the funds to carefor its 25,000 people with AIDS and 425,000HIV-positive people.Nduati, a University of Nairobi pediatrician,said AIDS is an integral part of the overall crisisof poverty and hunger that millions face in
sub-
Saharan Africa. AIDS treatments are owned byprofit-hungry companies in the imperialist
countries—like the
U-S-'sBurroughs-Wellcome,
whose drug Retrovir® (zidovudine/AZT) is fartoo expensive for most Africans with AIDS.Bill
Bahlman
of ACT
UP/NY
told attendeesthat progress against AIDS will be impossibleunless scientists from competing pharmaceutical companies share research information ratherthan spending millions of dollars to replicatestudies.With no breakthrough findings reported atthe conference, this call gained new urgencywith the news that a new strain of the HTV virusmay exist Conference participants said it showsmore
than ever that it
will require a massive armyof well-funded researchers to strike down thehydra of AIDS.
Onus on U.S.
At the opening session, conference chair Dr.Jonathan Mann of Harvard said there are cur-
rendy
13 million people infected with
HTV.
Bythe year 2000, some 38 million to 110 millionadults, and
10
million children
will
be infected,and the epidemic is spreading most rapidlyamong women and children. Dr. Michael H.Merson of the World Health Organization said,"close to half of the one million newly infectedadults [since January 1] have been women."Also during the conference, activists announced a
U.S.
boycott against products
manu-
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